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Field Trial Report

Conecuh Station Field Trial Club

By Rebecca D. Gibson | Mar 12, 2020
Beckworth's Firefighter First in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Union Springs, Ala. — The annual renewal of the Conecuh Station Amateur Shooting Dog Stake was held on the club grounds near Union Springs, Ala., on November 7-9, 2019. Twenty-four dogs were entered for competition in the drawing which was held on November 5 at the Union Springs Country Club.

Overcast skies with humid temperatures greeted the first braces Thursday morning. As afternoon approached light showers sporadically moved through but did not deter the running. Such was the weather pattern for the entire trial.

First place honors went to Beckworth’s Firefighter, fine pointer male owned and handled by Alan York of Louisville, Ga. This nine-year-old had three flawless finds and one back during a big casting race to the front. Earning second was Osceola’s Rebel Chief, owned and handled by Ted Roach of Union Springs, Ala. Running in the 11th brace with Rentz’s Redland’s Jacked Up, Chief produced five nice finds during his classy well-handled race. Traveling all the way from Santa Barbara, Cal., Bill Owen clinched third place with Northwoods Charles, six-year-old setter male which rendered four quality finds during a snappy forward race.

Judges were veteran trialer Larron Copeland of Bronwood, Ga., and novice trialer Harrison Lee of Union Springs, Ala. The juxtaposition of these two as judges was refreshing and inspiring. It is always positive to witness a patient and seasoned judge balance with the enthusiasm and energy of a beginner.

Larron, acclaimed all-age enthusiast, won the 2019 Continental Open All- Age trial. In fact, he is the only amateur who has taken this honor. In the same year, he captured top honors in the Continental Amateur Derby. Larron is truly generous to field trials. He, along with his beautiful wife Lauren, have hosted the Lee County (Ga.) trials on their property for nine years. Currently, he is serving on the AFTCA board, the Continental board and the Region 16 board.

Harrison Lee grew up in Bullock County, Ala., and has been around bird dogs and horses his entire life. At the young age of 27, Harrison is an accomplished horse trader. He knows all the “tricks of the trade” when it comes to horses and dogs. What an honor to have Harrison become an astute judge at such a young age.

Property owner Tony Gibson is very fortunate to have a group of local guys who assist him in putting on his trials. George Cole, Jimmy Duncan, Tommy Mote and Steven Hutto were readily available to help with meals and other chores. Ben Chancellor, club secretary since its inception, handled his duties punctually and precisely.

Evening activities consisted of a barbecued pork dinner, dinner at Highway 82 West Grill and dinner at the Country Club. Nightly hors d’oeuvres were furnished by George Cole who prepares a myriad of canned and pickled goodies from his summer garden.

The Conecuh Station Amateur Stake is a Purina Top Amateur Shooting Points Trial and a National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Points Trial.

The club is a member of the AFTCA, the Alabama Field Trial Association and the Dixie Trace.

Union Springs, Ala., November 7

Judges: Larron Copeland and Harrison Lee

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 21 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—BECKWORTH’S FIREFIGHTER, 1645188, pointer male, by Erin’s Brave Heart—B W Molly. J. Allen York, owner and handler.

2d—OSCEOLA’S REBEL CHIEF, 1682755, pointer male, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Hilltopper Debutante. Ted Roach, owner and handler.

3d—NORTHWOODS CHARLES, 1652828, setter male, by Ridge Creek Cody—Northwoods Chardonnay. William Owen, owner and handler.

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